December 13, 2006
Kansas City, Mo. — A Kansas City man is the second defendant to face criminal charges of knowingly defrauding car buyers in an odometer scam. Michael Myers (DOB 1-5-65) was arrested Tuesday after being indicted on charges of unlawful merchandising practices by the Jackson County grand jury at the request of Attorney General Jay Nixon, whose office will prosecute the case. Another defendant in the case, Shane Russell (DOB 2-2-67) of Kansas City, was arrested on similar charges on Dec. 6.
Myers is charged with three counts of unlawful merchandising practices in connection with the attempted sale of automobiles to consumers in which he misrepresented how many miles were on the odometers. According to the indictment, Myers worked at First Class Auto and Marine located at 14501 East U.S. Highway 40 in Kansas City. On two occasions, Myers allegedly attempted to sell vehicles to consumers in which he misrepresented how many miles were on the odometers. On another occasion, the defendant attempted to sell another vehicle while neglecting to inform the consumer that he had replaced the odometer in the vehicle.
"State law requires that a dealer or an individual selling a used car must reveal to a potential buyer the total number of miles registered on the odometer and any alteration done to the odometer," Nixon said.
Unlawful merchandising practices is a Class D felony under Missouri law, punishable upon conviction by up to four years in prison and a fine of $5,000 per count. The pending charges against the defendant are merely accusations. As in all criminal cases, the defendant is presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.
Nixon offers the following common-sense tips to avoid odometer fraud when purchasing a vehicle: